From Amazon: Never pretty enough to please her gorgeous mother, Allie will do anything to gain her approval--even marry a man she doesn't love. Lt. Walter Novak--fearless in the cockpit but hopeless with women--takes his last furlough at home in California before being shipped overseas. Walt and Allie meet at a wedding and their love of music draws them together, prompting them to begin a correspondence that will change their lives. As letters fly between Walt's muddy bomber base in England and Allie's mansion in an orange grove, their friendship binds them together. But can they untangle the secrets, commitments, and expectations that keep them apart? A Distant Melody is the first book in the WINGS OF GLORY series, which follows the three Novak brothers, B-17 bomber pilots with the US Eighth Air Force stationed in England during World War II.
The Rating: *** (Liked it)
The Good: Three stars -- maybe I'm not giving A DISTANT MELODY a fair shake reviewing it after I've immersed myself in the genre (well, a little) and discovered some true masters of great romance. Still, it had a lot of redeeming qualities. One, the romance is a lot more about friendship, which is awesome. Two, it takes place during World War II, and you all know I'm a sucker for that. I liked the interaction between Allie and Walt, both in their letters and the few face to face meetings they have. I also love the way Walt never gives up, especially since Allie is engaged to another man.
The Bad: As some romances tend to (at least some that I've noticed) it languishes above and beyond what it needs. Four-hundred-and-twenty-two pages of languishing when really, probably 270 to 300 would have done just fine.
The Recommendation: For avid romance readers.
Disclaimer: Inspirational. Nothing to disclaim.
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